Tottenham Hotspur release new pictures of Stadium ahead of opening date

New pictures of Tottenham new stadium have emerged as fans continue to wait for the official opening date. The fresh pictures show the exterior of the ground almost complete – with a crane touching up the last bits of cladding being put into place.

Spurs have spent all of last season and this campaign at Wembley after leaving White Hart Lane, which have left supporters homesick. The club were due to hold testing events at the ground in August and September last year but delays forced the dates to be postponed.

The opening Premier League match had been penciled in to be the clash with Liverpool in September but problems with the electrical wiring prevented that from happening.

 

 

Further delays has continued to occur with a debut at the stadium still yet to be announced.

According to Football.London’s Alasdair Gold, Spurs are aiming to hold test events on March 16 and 30th – although this is unconfirmed.

There is also a problem likely to occur with Tottenham vs Brighton on April 6 if the new stadium isn’t ready.

Tottenham will soon move back to N17 and into their new home after ending their 118-year residency at White Hart Lane.

Spurs announced in early February that the north London derby on March 2 will be played at Wembley, though a grand opening later in the month remains on the table.

Further tests on their £1 billion new stadium, namely security measures, continue with an update on results the next step towards a move-in date being confirmed.

For the time being, Spurs remain in the national stadium but a move back home is edging closer.

If the Seagulls fail to progress from their FA Cup quarter-final with Millwall then Spurs could struggle to find a home for the day.

Wembley will not be available, as it will be hosting the semi-finals, and MK Don’s Stadium:MK is already in use.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is just keen to get into the new ground, saying in December: “To play in your own stadium is the best thing that can happen in your life.

“The moment the new stadium is ready, if it is my decision, my decision is to move quickly.

“In the moment our new stadium will be ready to play, my opinion is to move quickly because when you start to play in your own stadium it is completely different.

“If it depends on me, I want to move as soon as possible.”

Spurs announced in early February that the north London derby on March 2 will be played at Wembley, though a grand opening later in the month remains on the table.

Further tests on their £1 billion new stadium, namely security measures, continue with an update on results the next step towards a move-in date being confirmed.

For the time being, Spurs remain in the national stadium but a move back home is edging closer.

In November 2007, Tottenham announced plans to expand White Hart Lane to a 52,000-seater capacity with Emirates Stadium mastermind Tony Winterbottom the man in charge.

These plans would see Spurs vacate White Hart Lane for two years, with Wembley Stadium or even a ground share with West Ham at Upton Park suggested.

However, less than a year later, in October 2008, the initial plans for what would become the new stadium currently being built were announced, as part of The Northumberland Project.

 

 

What is the Northumberland Project?

Tottenham have always been focused on also improving the area around their new stadium, rather than just build a new home.

The Northumberland Project would include a new stadium, originally planned to be 56,250 – seater, club shop and museum.

Originally 285 flats were planned but that figure was increased to 579, plus a 180-room hotel, and a sixth-form college—first University Technical College of Tottenham and then the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham – and other amenities.

 

       

How much will it cost?

The building costs were estimated at £300m in 2007, rising to £400 m in 2009 and then £450 m.

The most recent figures estimate the build has cost Spurs upwards of £850 m, possibly reaching £1 billion.

A key reason behind the rising costs has been blamed on Brexit and subsequent higher costs of importing and the worsening of exchange rates.

The capacity was then increased to 61,000 along with the inclusion of England’s largest single-tier stand, more commonly known as a kop, for 17,500 people.

The revised plans were approved in February 2016 by the then-Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. The opening date was delayed until the start of the 2018-19 season.

 

What is the capacity?

Originally proposed at under 58,000, that figure was upped to over 61,559 during the early stages of construction. The final capacity was confirmed as 62,062 in March 2018.

 

 

Opening date

The stadium was long proposed to open in time for the start of the 2018-19 Premier League season but on August 13, 2018, it was postponed by six weeks due to issues with the “critical safety systems”.

A few weeks later the move was again delayed, with all of Tottenham Champions League group games moved to Wembley along with their Premier League commitments for another six weeks.

Just shy of two months later and Spurs announced that they will continue to host their ‘home’ games at Wembley for the remainder of 2018 with a new update promised before the turn of the year.

Speaking in November ahead of their London derby with Chelsea, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said the club hope to have moved in by “January or February” only for, a couple of weeks later, Daniel Levy to confirm the home fixture against Manchester United on January 13 will be at Wembley.

Levy met contractors on January 7 looking for an update on a possible move-in date, with the club confirming a month later that “remedial works on the safety systems … are near completion” in another small step towards an opening.

The north London derby on March 2 has been moved to Wembley with further Standard Sport understanding tentative plans are being made for two test events – mooted as an open training session and academy fixture  – which could see the ground opening fully in April. Significant progress.

For now, you can play in the new stadium on FIFA 19.

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